Davis visits Champaign-Urbana MTD as part of his 13th District mass transit tour last October.
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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced that Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) will receive a $1.45 million grant to purchase zero-emission battery electric buses with supporting hydrogen infrastructure. This competitive grant was authorized as part of the FAST Act, the long-term highway bill Congress passed in 2015. Davis wrote a letter in support of Champaign-Urbana MTD’s application.
"The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District continues to be a leader in the region by providing innovative transportation services to the community, and this grant is no exception," Davis said. "I'm proud to see the transit district receive these funds, which will add two new, energy-efficient busses to its fleet. Ensuring transit systems in smaller cities get the support they need is critical for our local economies and I will continue to be an advocate for them on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee."
"The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District has long been on the front edge of technological advances. With this Low/No Emissions grant, MTD will be the first transit system in the country to commercially operate 60-foot, articulated, hydrogen fuel cell electric buses. As fantastic as that is for the greater Champaign-Urbana area, what's even more fantastic is that Representative Davis and our Senators have shown once again that they support local initiatives, work together as a team, and care about advancing positive, sustainable programs. We would not have been able to attain this grant without the Congressman's active support, and we should all feel good about his continued efforts,” said Karl Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD).
Davis visited Champaign-Urbana MTD last October as part of his 13th District mass transit tour that included stops in Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, and Champaign-Urbana.
The following is text of Davis letter supporting Champaign-Urbana MTD’s grant application:
Ms. Tara Clark
Federal Transit Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Dear Ms. Clark:
I am proud to support for the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s (CUMTD) application for two 60-foot hydrogen fuel cell buses through the Federal Transit Administation’s FY 2017 Low or No Emission Grant Program.
The CUMTD has been a leader in utilizing clean vehicle technology, and the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell buses is an important step for the Champaign-Urbana community. As a public transportation provider, the CUMTD has a vested interest in deploying the most fuel-efficient fleet in order to achieve the greatest reduction in energy consumption. Hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce the environmental impact of transportation.
This mass-transit district has been a leader throughout the state in deploying environmentally-friendly technology, and this application will allow the district to continue to transform its fleet to become even more energy-efficient.
For these reasons, the CUMTD application has my full support. Thank you for your consideration.
Member of Congress